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Man accused of setting fire to ex’s home while mother inside

Oct. 19, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A man accused of lighting his ex’s Frederickson-area home ablaze while a woman was inside is being held on a $500,000 bail. The 37-year-old man pleaded not guilty Friday in Pierce County Superior Court to assault, arson, burglary, residential burglary and two counts of...

OL Regin close out the fall series with 2-0 win over Utah

Oct. 17, 2020 10:14 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Sofia Huerta and Leah Pruitt scored and OL Reign beat the Utah Royals 2-0 on Saturday night in the final match of the National Women's Soccer League fall series. It was the first win of the series for the Reign (1-1-2). Each of the league's teams played a four-game series in local...

Tacoma seeing most homicides in more than 20 years

Oct. 14, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say more people have been killed in Tacoma, Washington, this year than in any of the last 22 years. The News Tribune reports that so far, there have been 25 homicides. That’s up from 23 last year and 18 in 2018. The last time the homicide rate hit 25 was in 1998....

Mechanical problems likely cause of industrial plant fire

Oct. 12, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Mechanical problems at a Tacoma industrial plant are the likely cause for a fire that triggered explosions and spewed toxic chemicals into the air early Sunday. KING-TV reports it took several hours for Tacoma firefighters to put the fire out but a special Hazmat Team that prepares...

Portland Thorns' Sophia Smith, right, and OL Reign's Shirley Cruz battle for possession during the first half of an NWSL soccer match at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash., Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (Joshua Bessex/The News Tribune via AP)

Sinclair has two PKs and Thorns down the OL Reign 2-1

Oct. 10, 2020 10:17 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Christine Sinclair scored on a pair of penalty kicks and the Portland Thorns downed OL Reign 2-1 Saturday night to claim the National Women's Soccer League's Community Shield in the fall series. With the win, Portland (3-0-1) locked up the top spot in the fall series. The league...

Washington state AG office fires chief investigator

Oct. 9, 2020 10:17 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state attorney general's office has fired a senior criminal investigator after a server at a Tacoma restaurant said the investigator allegedly made a scene and stiffed her on her tip for wearing a Black Lives Matter button. The office concluded an investigation Wednesday that...

State has fined 11 businesses over COVID-19 mask mandate

Oct. 8, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — State investigators have fined 11 Washington businesses for allegedly failing to enforce portions of the state’s face mask mandate, according to a release Wednesday from the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). Mail Express Business Center in Enumclaw got the largest...

Data shows enrollment decline in Washington state schools

Oct. 8, 2020 9:52 AM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Enrollment at public schools in Washington state has declined by about 31,000 students compared to last year, mostly because of the coronavirus pandemic, a report said. Data from the office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction released Wednesday shows there was a 2.82% decrease...

Parent: Son booted from online class for pro-Trump comment

Oct. 7, 2020 11:33 AM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A school district in Tacoma, Washington, is investigating after a parent said her son was briefly kicked out of a virtual class chatroom for saying he admired President Donald Trump. Elsy Kusander’s son, a sixth grader at Keithley Middle School in Parkland, was attending virtual...

Man fatally shot in apartment stairwell near Tacoma

Oct. 6, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

PARKLAND, Wash. (AP) — A man was fatally shot in an apartment complex south of Tacoma. At 2:18 a.m. Tuesday, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department responded to 911 calls reporting shots fired at the Autumnwood North Apartments in Parkland. Police found a man at the bottom of the stairwell,...